To our MedTech Community,
These are extraordinary times. We are in the grips of a novel virus that has brought the globe to a standstill. There is massive economic disruption taking place and uncertainty has invaded nearly every part of our lives.
However, this moment highlights why our industry is so critical. If this is a “war” then the products you make, the brain power you employ, the solutions you create are on the front lines. I couldn’t be more proud of the work you’re doing.
I wanted to share some of the steps MassMEDIC has taken in order to help all our MedTech community in these times. Our staff has been working seven days a week to assist in the response.
Here are some of the strides we’ve made in just the last few weeks:
- We successfully lobbied our state government to protect our workers as essential and, as a result, your manufacturing lines can continue to solve complex healthcare problems, even if you’re not directly involved in Covid-19 response;
- We are intimately involved in the state’s command response, providing guidance and connect-ing our leaders to the brainpower in our industry;
- Our efforts to stand up a Supply Chain Hub with MassBIO has resulted in the donations of thousands of pieces of PPE sourced from our community to front line healthcare workers;
- We have worked directly with the state in helping to procure much needed, critical safety equipment; and
- We are working with other MedTech associations to understand the short and long-term effects this will have on companies like yours and preparing to lobby for future incentives and waivers to keep this ecosystem going.
We say this not to pat ourselves on the back but to assure you that MassMEDIC is in this fight. We are fighting not only for our direct members but for our entire MedTech community. We cannot stop until this fight is won.
To help our companies on the front lines, we have assembled the following helpful links and information for you to use in this crisis. This page will be frequently updated.
- Application for PPP loan forgiveness
- The CARES Act: Topline overview of the Payment Protection Program (PPP)
- PPP Borrower Information Sheet
- PPP Application Form
- Department of the Treasury FAQ's on Payment Protection Program
Massachusetts COVID 19 State of Emergency:
- Reopening Massachusetts Power Point
- Massachusetts State Government COVID 19 State of Emergency website
- Massachusetts COVID 19 Essential Services Update
- Massachusetts Stay-at-home advisory
- Essential Services-Massachusetts
Massachusetts PPE Procurement and Donation Program:
- The program launched by MassMEDIC, MassBIO, the Massachusetts Hospital Association and Association of Teaching Hospitals is now under the state jurisdiction. If you can donate or need PPE equipment. Click here
- If you want to sell to the Massachusetts Procurement team: Click here
Employee and Employer Resources:
- Best Practices for Life Sciences Essential Workers (tips to return to work)
- FAQ on Employee Rights and Employer Obligations
- Emergency Use Authorization FAQ
- How to Submit a Pre-EUA for In vitro Diagnostics to FDA
- FDA Combating COVID-19 With Medical Devices
Detailed Information for all COVID-19 EUAs, including authorizations and fact sheets
Small Business Administration- Massachusetts
- Administrative Tax Relief for Small Businesses:
- The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
MassMEDIC Virtual Town Halls
- May 28th Town Hall with How to handle this Crisis and a career with The Mullings Group; "Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics(RADx)” program and Innovation Update with Sherlock Biosciences;
- May 21st Town Hall with PPP loan forgiveness updates; Litigation and product liability trends; Clinical trial updates;
- May 7th Town Hall with climate for investment with Kadir Kadhiresan, Vice President, Venture Investments, JJDC (Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation); How companies can potentially take advantage of the current Emergency Use Authorization;
- April 30th Town Hall with COVID-19 research and progress being made at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL); How you can be working with IRB's;
- April 23rd Town Hall with update on the CARES act; EU MDR delay; Financial assessments for business with Grant Thornton;
- April 16th Town Hall with Battelle, Propel and Loft ;
- April 9th Town Hall with clinical trials in time of COVID w/Avania; HR Considerations with CARES Act w/TriNet; Hiring and on-boarding in a virtual world w/Agile Seach; Making devices for the home w/Sunrise Labs;
- April 2nd Town Hall with Rep. Lori Trahan/Overview of CARES Act;
- March 26th Town Hall with update with CDRH and a look at Telehealth Regulations;
-Posted June 2, 2020: Critical Savings for PPE, Office Supplies, and Services During COVID-19
All of our members are trying to find new efficiencies to do more with less and MassMEDIC is here to help. Through the New England Edge, our members are able to purchase critical PPE, office supplies, and environmental and lab services and supplies at a discounted rate. See how you can reap the savings from our Preferred Partners, including Thermo Fisher Scientific, Veolia Environmental Services, Middlesex Gases, W.B. Mason, and IPP, among others, to aid in the transition back to the office and lab. Learn more here.
-Posted May 18, 2020: Governor Baker releases phased re-opening plan
Click here to view Governor Baker's phased re-opening plan for Massachusetts
-Posted May 16th: SBA releases loan forgiveness application/guidance for PPP loans
Click here to view the documents
- Posted April 21, 2020: Guidance for companies returning employees to work
Click here to see a checklist of best practices being used by life sciences companies in Massachusetts.
- Posted April 20, 2020: CMS releases guidelines for non-Covid related surgeries
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Recommendations for Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare: Phase I. Click here to read.
- Posted April 14, 2020: Massachusetts releases $10.6M in Grants for Manufacturers
The Commonwealth released a new fund, aimed at getting manufacturers involved in building PPE. If you want to learn more about the program. Click here.
- Posted April 7, 2020: Department of Treasury releases FAQ's on the Paycheck Protection Program
Department of Treasury released a comprehensive FAQ on the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program. You can download it here.
- Posted April 3, 2020: MGB Center for COVID Innovation needs CMO and manufacturing help!
The Mass General Brigham (Partners Healthcare) Center for COVID Innovation has rapidly formed to produce medical devices to ensure the safety and well being of patients and caregivers at the front lines of the Covid crisis. For more information, please see: covidinnovation.partners.org.
With over 1000 members, the MGB Center for COVID Innovation has rapidly mobilized the Massachusetts research, engineering, clinical communities to identify and develop multiple devices including PPEs, swabs, and ventilators. They are at the point where they need to start manufacturing at a large scale to have an impact in the upcoming weeks.
They are seeking help from CMOs or manufacturers to get them to the finish line in an extremely short period of time.
If you can help provide advice, expertise in manufacturing transfer, are a manufacturer or CMO… please contact Sarah Giddings.
Business Resources: Updated April 1, 2020
The Treasury Provides Additional Guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Treasury & The CARES Act. Small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders beginning April 3, 2020. Additional information further below.
Update on Essential Business Delegation: March 31, 2020
Governor Charlie Baker announced March 31st, that the emergency order requiring that all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public will be extended until May 4th.
The administration also released an updated list of Essential Services, which includes several more exemptions for those working in medtech and the healthcare supply chain.
We know this is crucial to you, our members, and have been working tirelessly with local government on your behalf. We are thrilled to have all of our member companies considered Essential.
You can download the updated list HERE.
Update March 31, 2020: The State still needs your PPE Donations: Update on Supply Hub, working with the state
Thanks to the immense generosity of many of you in our medtech community, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Emergency SupplyHub, we built in partnership with MassBIO, MHA and COBTH, has resulted in hundreds of companies donating PPE, supplies, and resources necessary for front line healthcare workers.
As we move forward, the State has set-up a new portal to handle all offers of assistance – from donations to procurement to manufacturing. If you have PPE to donate or can help the state with procurement or manufacturing, please share that information directly with the state through these links below.
We still need your help in this fight, so please donate and volunteer where possible.